By: Rachel Brubacher
Last April, Elmira suffered from a terrible tragedy of one of their students, Austin Padaric. Austin died from an avoidable drug overdose. In response to this, EDSS has decided to provide “Drug Strategy” to grade 9 and 12 students on March 3rd, 4th and 5th, to prevent any future tragedies.
A main strategy provided is an “Overdose Training” session. This act is very similar to the CPR training and First Aid training that is already provided through the school. It is a 75-minute session delivered to students currently registered in grade 9 Phys. Ed., and the grade 12 English classes. The program is provided by a registered nurse who works with the Waterloo Health Unit, and also a member of the Preventing Overdose Waterloo Wellington (POWW).
Mrs. Kolb, a vice principal at EDSS, said, that she believes the training will make a difference by making people more responsible in these situations.
“We certainly hope [that] when you have knowledge good decision making comes out of that”. Kolb said.
Paul Morgan, the principal of EDSS, stated, “We believe that this Overdose Training session could equip your son or daughter to save a life.”
The purpose of this program is to make students more aware that things like this can happen and it is good to be prepared for these situations.